Joseph Crockett Shaffer

Joseph Crockett Shaffer (* January 19, 1880 in Wytheville, Wythe County, Virginia; † October 19, 1958 in Abingdon, Virginia ) was an American politician. Between 1929 and 1931 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Joseph Shaffer attended the common schools and the Plummer College, which he completed in 1902. After a subsequent law studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and his 1904 was admitted to the bar he began in Wytheville to work in this profession. Between 1908 and 1912 he served as a prosecutor in Wythe County. From 1920 to 1924 he was Deputy and then to 1929, real federal prosecutor for the western part of Virginia. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Republican Party launched a political career.

In the congressional elections of 1928, Shaffer was the ninth constituency of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of George C. Peery on March 4, 1929. Since he has not been confirmed in 1930, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1931. This was marked by the events of the Great Depression.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Joseph Shaffer practiced as a lawyer again. In 1931 and 1932 he was again Federal prosecutor. He also became active in banking. In June 1940 he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. He died on October 19, 1958 in Abingdon.